1.171m tune in to watch Australian Open women’s final on Nine

Over 1.1m metro viewers tuned into the women’s final of the Australian Open last night, according to OzTAM’s preliminary overnight ratings.

The number climbed towards the end of the broadcast, with 1.265m metro viewers seeing the presentation of the trophies to winner Naomi Osaka and runner-up Petra Kvitova. 

Last year, 1.027m tuned in to watch the women’s final between Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki and Romania’s Simona Halep on rival Seven, with 1.152m watching the presentation.

1.296m tuned in the year prior to watch the Williams sisters battle it out for the Australian Open trophy.

This year, with the addition of regional viewers, there were 1.570m watching the match, and 1.722m watching the presentation.

The tennis audience left Nine with a winning share of 36.5% for its primary channel. With the addition of multi-channels 9Go, 9Life and 9Gem, the network had a 47.9% share.

Over on Seven, the main channel had 13.0% of the audience, with its news offering attracting 835,000 metro viewers and 1.269m across the country.

Session one of day three of the cricket test between Australia and Sri Lanka had 439,000 in the cities and 655,000 nationally.

Session two had 575,000 in the cities and 857,000 nationally.

The final of the Women’s Big Bash League between the Sydney Sixers and the Brisbane Heat had 214,000 metro viewers for Seven, and 332,000 with the addition of regional viewers. Session two had 319,000 (467,000), while the post-game coverage had 313,000 (484,000).

Seven finished on a 21.5% share across the network.

The ABC’s main channel had 9.4%, with 13.9% across the network.

572,000 metro viewers watched ABC News, making it the broadcaster’s most-watched program. 235,000 people in the cities tuned into the ABC for the Australia Day message (345,000 nationally), while 241,000 watched the Australia Day Live programming (352,000 nationally).

Ten’s most-watched program was Ten News First, which had 263,000 in the cities and 390,000 nationally.

Its I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here spinoff Saturday Schoolies had 234,000 in the metro markets and 342,000 across the country.

Without a big sporting contest, Ten struggled with just 7.1% of the audience on its main channel and 11.2% across the network.

SBS finished on 2.9% for its primary channel and 5.4% for the network.


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